Today's crash blossom likely involves multiple aborted landings:
Romney wins mask lingering questions about his candidacy
Since the word wins occurs much more often as a verb than as a noun, you have a good excuse if you needed to take several runs at this one. Just what exactly did Romney win? A rubber Ronald Reagan mask? A mask-lingering contest? The right to ask or answer questions about lingering masks? It takes some untangling of the parser to get to the intended reading where Romney wins is the compound noun subject of the verb phrase mask lingering questions about his candidacy.
Bad enough as a headline, but CNN's website has a nasty setup. By the time you've finally sorted out the main headline, you then have to contend with the "Breaking News" headline in the embedded video:
ROMNEY WINS MAINE CAUCUSES
Recovery from a garden path sentence involves suppressing the misleading alternatives to keep them from drowning out the correct reading. And I'm guessing that at least a few people will have suppressed the subject-verb reading of Romney wins a trifle too successfully in shifting between the first and second occurrences of the phrase. I, for one, found myself wondering for a fleeting moment: What does it mean to maine caucuses?
[Thanks to Jeff Runner for finding this gem.]